Sedonia Guillone is a new author to me. Someone waved a shiny cover in my face over on Facebook and since there was a sword on it, and I was mid-cold and in need of cheer I went to check it out.
Acts of Passion
The blurb sounded interesting – college professor helping police and getting into the line of fire – so I gave it a try. And I wasn’t disappointed. I liked the lead characters and found their relationship intriguing enough to keep reading even once I’d guessed the murderer – and for me, that’s actually an accolade. I’m very quick to ditch a book when it bores me, and this one never did. It was an enjoyable, quick read which led me to head back to amazon the following weekend to check out some of the other books by Sedonia Guillone.
His Beautiful Samurai
Here’s a detective story veering into the supernatural – one of the lead characters is a psychic who travels to Tokyo to help the police – and there’s a series of rather grisly murders.
A big plus for me is the fact that the story is set in Tokyo and I’m still feeling nostalgic about our trip. I never quite got the sense of place, the vibe that makes Japan’s capital uniquely itself and different from just any other city, but the story rattled along very well and my mind filled in the details I wasn’t seeing on the page. The love story between John and Toshi was a little abrupt, but plausibly explained and after a very few pages I just went with the flow and enjoyed it.
Beautiful Samurai, White Tiger
The second Genjin/Holmes mystery could have done with a proofreader giving it some love before it was published. That’s my biggest gripe with it. Sloppy editing is one of my pet hates and usually a quick way to the book landing on the reject pile.
Here, I kept reading, because I wanted to know what secret Toshi’s uncle was keeping and how Toshi would deal with his father. John seemed to disappear a bit in this story. Not physically, of course, but he seemed an undemanding, barely there presence at times, when he’d been such a vibrant character in the first book. Nothing to dull the enjoyment too much, though… and a decent weekend read all round.
If you’d like to find out a bit more about Sedonia Guillone, or try some of her free stories before you hit the buy button on one of her books, she’s got a website for you to check out!